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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Honors Comcast NBCUniversal and Congressman Chaka Fattah for their Contributions to the Organization’s Philadelphia Legacy

Philadelphia, PA – Dec. 3, 2013 — Comcast NBCUniversal and Congressman Chaka Fattah (PA-02) have received special honors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for their significant contributions to the nationwide mentoring organization’s Philadelphia legacy.

Comcast NBCUniversal six years ago launched the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ John Alchin Beyond School Walls program, the nation’s first and largest workplace mentoring program. The program, which started in Philadelphia at the Comcast headquarters building, serves children in 13 markets and is the nation’s largest employer-sponsored onsite mentoring program. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters announced Congressman Fattah, who received the national mentoring organization’s National Leadership Award last year, will be inducted into its T. Boone Pickens Mentoring Hall of Fame in Irving, Texas. As Ranking Member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Science, Justice and related agencies, Fattah has garnered support for, and steered millions of dollars towards Department of Justice programs that promote mentoring to help children overcome adversity to succeed in school and life. He recently introduced legislation that would direct millions in funding for youth mentoring.

“It is an honor to be recognized by my friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters and I share this award with all of the mentees in our community—and across the country—who work every day to make a difference in the lives of young people in America,” Congressman Fattah said. “Mentoring must be national priority. It is too important to the future of our next generation, and the future of our country not to be. We must continue our outreach and advocacy and work to ensure that every one of our children has access to a mentoring program.”

The Philadelphia Legacy honors were part of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s recognition of those who have contributed to the nationwide mentoring organization’s Philadelphia foundation and successes. Headquartered in Philadelphia on 13th Street since 1984, the organization will complete the transition of its national operations to Irving, Texas by summer 2014. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America also recognized Joseph Tierney, principal investigator for the1997 landmark Public Private Ventures’ study, Making a Difference: An Impact Study of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and announced he will be inducted into the Mentoring Hall of Fame. The study serves as the nation’s premier research on one-to-one professionally supported volunteer mentoring. In addition, the national mentoring organization thanked Rev. Dr. Wilson Goode, Sr. for his pioneer Amachi Mentoring Children of Prisoners work.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, one of the national mentoring network’s 340 local affiliates, will continue to serve Philadelphia and will host the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in Philadelphia in 2015. The 65-staff member local agency, which recently named Marcus Allen, chief executive officer, serves about 3,000 mentoring matches in the Philadelphia area. The agency continues to raise funding to make and serve more long-term mentoring matches -- improving the odds for children, families and communities.

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